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Woman Lost 45 Pounds in 3 Months With These 5 Simple Hacks

Lose weight fast by making a few simple changes to your lifestyle. 
FACT CHECKED BY Christopher Roback

Shawn Michelle (@shawnmichellefitness) is a weight loss warrior and TikTok influencer who has amassed a large following on social media for sharing health and fitness content surrounding her weight loss. In one viral video, she revealed that she dropped a whopping 45 pounds in 3.5 months, simply by making a few lifestyle changes. "What I did to lose 45 pounds in 3 ½ months," she says in the video. 


She Only Drank Water

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First, Shawn explains that she "cut out all drinks other than water." Chris McMahon, a nutrition and fitness coach, agrees that you should avoid drinking your calories if you are trying to lose weight. If you find water boring, he suggests adding a little sugar free flavor to it. How much water should you drink? According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine men should drink about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day and women about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids.

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Ate Every 3 to 4 Hours

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Shawn also ate every 3 to 4 hours. While some people swear that eating several smaller meals throughout the day speeds up metabolism and helps keep them satisfied, science doesn't support that theory. One study even found that increasing meal frequency from three to six per day has no significant effect on 24 hour fat oxidation, but may even increase hunger and the desire to eat.


She Went Into Caloric Deficit

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Shawn also "went into caloric deficit," she explains. "The best way to actually shrink your stomach would be to be in a consistent calorie deficit," McMahon adds. "There's no way around it. People say that diets don't work. That's not true."


She Exercised 2 to 4 Times a Week


Shawn also says that she exercised 2 to 4 times a week. McMahon adds that while setting aside time for the gym every week is a must, "you also have to consider what you are doing the other 23 hours and 15 minutes of the day." He suggests making sure you are moving regularly. One of his hacks? Taking 10 minute walks throughout the day. "A 10 minute walk is equal to a thousand steps. So if you think of it that way, it's like, "Oh, okay, I can take short little walk breaks," he says.

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She Focused on Healthy Carbs


She also "focused on healthy carbs" like brown rice and sweet potatoes, which are filled with fiber. While some people swear by low carb diets, your body actually needs carbs for energy. She added that she avoids "white bread, cakes, cookies," which are basically forms of sugar. 

💪🔥Body Booster: While some people swear by small, frequent meals, science has actually found that eating less frequent, larger meals may be more beneficial for weight loss. 

Leah Groth
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